Media Reviews / Awards

Rua Pinot Noir 2009

A more restrained style, with quite a stern, serious iron-like/minerally edge. However, there’s enough plummy raspberry and cherry flavour to stand up to this, and the finish is rich but fresh, suggesting this has plenty of life ahead of it.

This is the entry level wine from Akarua, made from estate and purchased fruit. It is bursting with ripe, vibrant raspberry fruit; a real raspberry ripple creaminess and sultry depth. On the palate the fruit retains that pertness and brightness, with whisps of smoky oak, but really it is all about crisp, juicy fruit and nicely done. 89/100.

“The 2009 Rua Pinot Noir spent 6 months in French barriques, 15% new. It displays a medium ruby-purple color with subtle red cherry and red currant notes plus some underbrush. Crisp and medium bodied, this is a well made Pinot…Drink it now through 2013.”

“Lovely colour. Fresh berries and sour cherries on the nose, with nice follow through to the palate and balanced by oak.”

“Akarua’s astonishingly good, inexpensive entry level pinot. This is a genuine “more bang for your buck” wine and more than over-delivers. Typical Central Otago juicy blackberry fruit with savoury highlights and a soft, bright finish.”

“The back label of this totally delicious wine states that it is ‘lightly oaked’. Thank God for that – no red grape despises over-oaking like the sensitive, ethereal, mesmerising, tremulous beauty that is Pinot Noir. I am on a quest to warn the Kiwis, and others, about their heavy handedness when it comes to ‘rewarding’ this style of wine with some top-notch ‘carpentry’.

“From Akarua, this drink young style is attractively scented, with fresh cherry and plum flavours showing excellent depth, a touch of savoury, spicy complexity and instant appeal.”


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